Hi - I've been lurking for a few weeks, and this seems like a great forum. I live just north of Chicago, in Evanston.
I bought a hybrid about a month ago - a Giant Cypress. Today, I bought some better pedals and toe-clips! What a difference! I hated the stock pedals on the Cypress; I always felt like my shoes would slip off. The clips and better pedals are so much more secure. I don't plan on ever strapping them tight, but, even loose, I think they made a huge difference in pedaling power. By the way, if anyone is looking for a good LBS in Evanston, check out The Pony Shop - www.ponyshop.com. I bought my bike and some accessories (including the wonderful toe-clips) from them - they're very friendly and helpful.
Also, I bought a Trek Incite 11i computer with cadence on ebay. I checked out many different types of computers, and this was one of my favorites. The screen is big, and little space is wasted with the logo. Anyway, if anyone is interested in more information on this computer, let me know.